A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 5th

Insects- The students learned that most insects do more good than bad. That bees, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes and butterflies are great pollinators. Some insects eat other insects, keeping each insect group from getting too big. We also talked about how insects like ladybugs are a farmers best-friend, because they eat tiny crop eating insects called aphids. They also learned that all insects have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head has large compound eyes, the antenna (feelers), and the mouth parts. That the thorax is the middle region of the body and has the legs and wings. Then, their is the abdomen.

Work Time

Teen Board: This child is showing that she knows the symbols 11 – 19 and can successfully match the corresponding quantities, for example to make the number 14 she places one ten and four units.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and phonetically spelling it. He is also practicing writing each word in cursive.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing cursive letters on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Puzzle Words: This child is completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Opposite Cards: This child is identifying and matching pictures of opposites together.
I Spy: These students are playing I spy using the initial sound they hear when they name each object in the basket.

Guest Readers

 

Reminders

 March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)

March 23 | Pajama and Show N Tell Day

March 23 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

March 26 – April 2 | Spring Break

A peak into next week: Insects

 


A Peek into Science | 2/26 and 3/5 | Tallmadge Campus

Music with Water- We lined six glasses up next to each other and filled them with different amounts of water. The first one had a little and the last one was full. Then, we took a pencil and hit each glass of water. We discovered that the glass with the least amount of water made a low sound and the glass with the most amount of water made a high sound. We talked about how when we hit the glasses with a pencil it creates sound waves, which travel through the water. More water means slower vibrations and a deeper tone.

Walking Water- We placed three glasses side by side, filled the two outside glasses with water and food coloring (yellow and blue) and left the middle glass empty. Then, we twisted two paper towels placing one end in the glasses with water and the other end in the empty glass. After about 30 minutes we noticed that the water started to climb the paper towels making its way to the empty middle glass. We learned that this process is called capillary action and is also how flowers and plants move water from the ground up through their stems and into their petals and leaves.

 

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 26th

Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle- “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) said. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.” Dr. Seuss was not only brilliant, but has helped millions of kids learn to read with his fun rhyming books.

Work Time

Teen Board: This child is showing that she knows the symbols 11 – 19 and can successfully match the corresponding quantities, for example to make the number 14 she places one ten and four units.
Trinomial cube: This child is learning how to build a trinomial cube, while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
Silence Game: This child is practicing how to control and keep her body calm.
Library
Living and Non-Living: These children are sorting pictures of living and non-living things. 
Bead Board: This child is refining her fine motor skills by placing beads on a board. While also developing her concentration, coordination and independence.

Reminders

March 2  | Progress reports

March 3 | Tallmadge Open House

March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)

March 23 | Pajama and Show N Tell Day

March 23 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

March 26 – April 2 | Spring Break

A peak into next week: Insects


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 19th

Presidents: We talked about how we celebrate Presidents Day every year. The students learned that the president is the leader of the United States of America. They discovered that George Washington was our first president and Donald Trump is the current president. We even talked about Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Work Time

Europe Map: This child is learning the names of the countries and where they are located on a map.
Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining his sense of sight.
Linear Counting: This child is working on one of our cubed bead chains, she is identifying the names of the numbers and seeing the correspondence of the quantities with the written number on the cards. She is also discovering that 4X1=4, 4X2=8, 4X3=12 and so on.
Animal Stacking: These students are developing their sense of order, coordination, concentration and independence while problem solving to stack and balance the animals on top of one another.

Guest Readers

 

Reminders

March 2  | Progress reports

March 3 | Tallmadge Open House

March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)

A peak into next week: Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 12th

Pets/Valentine’s Day: We learned that a pet is a companion animal. Which means he/she is kept for a person’s company, protection or entertainment. We talked about how the two most popular pets are cats and dogs. We learned that some other animals that people commonly keep are: ferrets, rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, fish, frogs, turtles etc, and lastly we sent down info to their parents on the best puppy insurance to have, for those who own pets at home.

Work Time

Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. She is also discovering that if she has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit she will have 7 units.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating her knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. She is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
United States Map: This child is learning the names of the states and where they are located on a map.
Pink Rhyming: This child is sorting words that have or end with the same sound as one another.
These boys are enjoying a book about ocean animals.

Guest Reader

Reminders

 February 19  | President’s Day | No School 

February 22 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring

A peak into next week: Presidents/Dental Health

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 5th

Farm Animals: We learned about different animals that live on the farm like: cows, chickens, pigs, horses and sheep. The kids discovered how each farm animal makes things for the farm. They even learned that farm animals are also know as livestock.

Work Time

Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. She is also discovering that if she has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit she will have 7 units.
Animals and Numerals: This child is demonstrating his knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. He is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Color Mixing: This child is using the three primary colors to create secondary colors. She places one dropperful of red and one dropperful of yellow in a small dish and like magic, orange appears.

Guest Readers

Dental Hygienist

Reminders

February 10 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance 

February 15 from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm Valentine’s Day Party

February 16  | Teacher In-Service Day | No School for Students

February 19  | President’s Day | No School 

A peak into next week: Valentine’s Day and Pets


A Peek into Science | 1/29 and 2/5 | Tallmadge Campus

Exploding Lunch Bag: We combined warm water, vinegar and baking soda in a Ziploc bag. As soon as the bag was sealed shut it started to fill with air (carbon dioxide). Eventually, the Ziploc bag could no longer hold any more air so it popped. We learned that this is called an acid based reaction when you combine these two chemicals together.

Good/Bad egg experiment: We filled a bucket full of cold water dropping eggs in one at a time. Some eggs floated and some sank. We discovered that when an egg is laid by a chicken an air cell is formed inside the egg. As the egg gets older the air cell becomes larger and acts like a buoyancy. We talked about how this meant a good egg will sink and a bad egg will float. We cracked one good and one bad egg open to see the difference. The only  difference we could see was that the yolk wasn’t as round in the bad egg as the good egg.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 29th

Zoo Animals:

The students learned that a zoo is a place where all types of animals are displayed for the public to see. Especially animals that they would never get the chance to observe otherwise. We also talked about how zoos try hard to keep animals in enclosures that replicate their natural habitat because, the animals seem to do much better when they are in their natural environment. We discovered that zoos create educational programs and tours in order to provide an educational opportunity for everyone. A lot of them even have  petting zoos where adults and children are allowed a close-up look of the animals and their babies. We learned about tigers, lions, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, penguins, bears etc.

Work Time

Color Box 4: These children are grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining her sense of sight.
Pattern: This child is creating specific patterns using different colors and shapes.
Clock: This child is reading the time “quarter till 7” and demonstrating two different ways  it can be written on a dry erase board.
Writing Name: This child wrote her name in bubble letters and colored them in. She developing her eye hand coordination and fine motor movements. She is also learning how to control a pencil (pincer grip, pressure and steadiness).
Flag Stamps: This child is exploring the individual flags of different countries, the meanings of the flags, and gaining an understanding of national pride.
Knobbed Cylinders: This child is able to visually discriminate the dimensions of each cylinder to find its correct placement in the block.

Guest Readers

Reminders

February 10 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmFather/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance 

February 15 from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm Valentine’s Day Party

February 16  | Teacher In-Service Day | No School for Students

February 19  | President’s Day | No School 

A peak into next week: Farm Animals


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 22nd

Ocean Animals

The students learned that oceans are the largest habitat for an animal to live in. They discovered that ocean animals can be found on the coast to all depths from the surface to the deepest darkest trenches of the ocean. We also talked about how only five percent of the world’s animals live in the ocean. We looked at  the similarities and differences between dolphins, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, squids etc.

Work Time

Log Numbers: This child is memorizing the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10. While also refining her fine motor skills by stringing the numbers onto the rope.
Pattern: This child is creating specific patterns using different colors and shapes.

Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object. She is also practicing writing each cursive letter that she has matched to an object.

Pyramid Puzzle: This child is matching the different colors together in order to create the pyramid shape. This puzzle involves not only the ability to concentrate but the ability problem solve.
Balance Scale: This child is trying to match the exact same weight so the beam is in balance. She is doing this by placing cylinders in each pan until they are level with one another.
Jellyfish Diver: This child is discovering that when she changes the pressure inside the bottle by squeezing, the added force pushes the jellyfish to the bottom. When the pressure is released the jellyfish floats to the top again.

Guest Reader

A Peak into next week: Zoo Animals

Reminders:

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 15th

Martin Luther King Jr.

The students learned how Martin Luther King  Jr. wanted to make the world a better place. We talked about how people were being treated unfairly based on their color and he stood up for them. We discussed how he wanted to change the law in a peaceful way, because he had a dream to have people of all colors get along and work together. We also talked about why it is important to try and make the world a better place for everyone and ways that we can accomplish that. But it is also important that while the kids work together they should be keep safe and are far away from any injury, so we decided to get some tips and ideas from St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyer they offer free consultation today.

Work Time:

Cursive Writing: This child is practicing writing cursive letters on a dry erase board. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Sock Washing: These children are using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash socks, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Pink Tower / Brown Stairs: This child is able to visually discriminate largest to smallest, while also refining his motor movements by placing the cubes one on top of the other, with one single movement of the hand.
Sponge Squeezing: This child is strengthening his hands and fingers for writing as he squeezes the water out of the sponge from one bowl to the next. He is also developing a sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence by being able to follow a series of steps.
Bead Stringing: This child is stringing beads one by one while matching them to the correct colored pipe cleaner. This task not only develops concentration, order, coordination and concentration but it takes a lot of persistence and patience.

Reminders:

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring